A cormorant or other diving bird such as a grebe or merganser.
These have a much more slender profile than the ducks more familiar to
most people. If it does not reappear, the incident enters the evidence.
If it flies away it is often identified. The apparent height of an object
can be exaggerated by mirage or heat haze in calm conditions. Swans are
another possible cause for confusion since they often swim in line and
can appear dark with the light behind them. Sometimes monsters are described
as having a “swan neck”. Alternatively in some species such as the Black
and Red-throated Divers, the neck can be darker coloured than the body
and disappears altogether, leaving only a "hump" visible.
Timeline 1903, Bathymetrical Survey and
Shine and Martin 1988, p: 163-67)
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